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Becoming a make-up artist provides a wide variety of career opportunities in New Zealand and worldwide. A qualification in makeup design is the first step to making your dreams come true.
Make-up artistry is an exciting and rewarding career choice where each day is different. You will get to meet and work with lots of different people in a range of workplace settings.
Learning to become a make-up artist teaches you skills in corrective and fashion make-up application, special effects for film and TV, period make-up, as well as giving you an insight into how to adapt and apply make-up trends. Most courses provide you with foundation skills in hairstyling and may offer airbrushing techniques.
Graduates find work within the film, TV, and fashion industries. You can become your own boss as a freelance make-up artist, find a job with production companies, or work for a cosmetic brand, or in store as a make-up artist and retail support.
Become a qualified make-up artist and step towards an exciting new career.
special FX make-up
prosthetic make-up artist
Understanding the best way to become a qualified make-up artist in New Zealand looks complicated but is easy. Here are the steps you need to take to start your career as a make-up artist.
Choose and enrol with a registered training provider.
Complete a level 2 or 3 certificate program.
Progress to level 4 certificate program.
$40k - $66k annually
Length of training
4 months - 2 years
*TradeMe Jobs, April 2022
Able to relate to people from a range of cultures and backgrounds
Adaptable and good at solving problems
Accurate, with good attention to detail
Reliable and organised
Able to work well in a team
Motivated, with initiative
Flexible to work weekends.
Make-up artist (MUA)
Special FX make-up artist
Prosthetic make-up artist
Film and television
Fashion and editorial
Cosmetic brand specialist